May 18, 2012
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Eataly Bologna

I’ve been hearing about Eataly for years and finally made it to the one in New York a few months back. It was everything and more that I had hope for with shelves and shelves of Italian food products tucked between a variety of eateries. What more could a crazed Italophile ask for? Had I not been preparing to go to Italy, I would have bought a lot more than the few bags of pasta that I stuffed into my suitcase.

The original Eataly is located in Torino, an Italian city in Piemonte that I’ve yet to visit. Opened in 2006 it has been described as a combination of Pecks (the spectacular food emporium in Milan) and Whole Foods with a good dose of Slow Food philosophy thrown in. Now there are various locations around the world and one smack in the middle of Bologna’s food market.

This venue is more of a large bookstore with shelves lined with all sorts of food items and three or four places to dine. There’s a bar with coffee and pastries, and a station with feshly made panini nearby. There’s also a trattoria with tables outside on the street and an osteria up on the second floor. I loved the communal tables crowded with locals enjoying their purchases.

Being there at mid-day I opted for a panino and was lucky to grab one of the high top tables outside in the midst of the market. I had a hard time making a decision. They all looked so good. I ended up with a zucchini frittata topped with arugula on a ciabatta roll. Served warm, I savored every bite. I found myself returning to Eataly every day just to check out the scene and see if there was anything else I just had to have. Oh, and I did try one more panino-bresaola with arugula and ricotta cheese.

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14 thoughts on “Eataly Bologna

  1. Bologna red too… This looks like a great spot to check out the Bolognesi ‘at home’. I can see why you made it your regular haunt. And I’m sure you’ll be back there before you know it too….
    J xx

  2. I’m sure I’ll sound like a grumpy old granny, but Eataly strikes me as yet another example of the triumph of marketing over real food. Eating a panino for lunch isn’t Italian; it’s American. And the fact that the panino stall is full of locals is evidence of the deterioration of traditional Italian culture in the face of the forces of globalisation. A depressing uniformity that is engulfing the globe. It makes me shudder.

    • Heather-you’r not grumpy-you’re just passionate! You make me laugh too. Being American I am more than happy to eat a panino for lunch. As for the Italians, well that’s another story. Unfortunately most of us don’t have access to the fabulous products right from the source as you do so a store like Eataly where we can purchase find a variety of products together is a treat. I do understand your point though.

  3. Is this the chain begun by Mario Batali (an American) in N.Y.C.?
    And by the way, I totally get Heather’s point.

  4. … I like Eataly but i prefere local shop 🙂

    • Aurelio-I totally agree with you. Eatlay was fun to browse, but all the small family owned shops were really the best and where I found the most interesting items.

  5. We went there and bought 2 of their engraved wine glasses, so we would not have to drink wine out of the plastic cups in our ‘fridge 🙂 They were the bargain of the week, at just $3 euro each. And they actually made it back with us in one piece…too funny! It was indeed fun to browse there.

    • Our Kitchen Inventions-great idea! There’s something about a really wine glass that just adds to the experience! I love that you can great great wine in Italy without spending a fortune. Are you home??? I want to hear ALL about your trip!

  6. Being a Torinese I am proud of the success of Eataly and slow food movement in the world. If you want to visit Torino we have 2 Eataly One based in Via lagrange in the historical centre and the main one close to Lingotto. I strongly suggest to visit the blogspot http://torinodailyphoto.blogspot.fr/ before a visit. Wonderful pictures of Torino

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